Have you ever seen something and thought, “somebody should do something about that”, but then just moved on with your day? The founder of today’s organization saw a need and did something about it.
501 Connect was co-founded in 2010 by Kathleen Rose and Maureen Shryock. Kathleen was assisting her son as he searched for a community service project that would be meaningful to him in the St Louis, Missouri area. She watched him search multiple websites to research organizations and found herself wishing that there was one place that contained all the information he needed. So, she founded 501 Connect along with Maureen Shryock with a vision to create a central location where community members can learn about the mission and needs of St Louis organizations and quickly locate opportunities that are meaningful to them.
The organization’s mission is to enhance the presence of nonprofit organizations and promote social responsibility throughout the St Louis region. They would work toward this mission by educating, sharing knowledge, facilitating relationships, and inspiring others through their programs and services.
To work toward their mission, the 501 Connect website serves as an online community and resource for non-profit organizations and their donors, volunteers, board members and communities that they serve. They provide a venue for St Louis nonprofit organizations to broadly share their call to action messages and provide a forum to motivate community members to take action and make a difference. In addition, it allows nonprofits to share knowledge and ideas.
501Connect.com is the only online resource of its kind dedicated exclusively to the St. Louis area nonprofit community. Thousands of people visit the website monthly to search for volunteer opportunities, job opportunities in the nonprofit sector, charity events, and the latest Buzz from St. Louis nonprofits. In addition, site visitors can find industry related articles, nonprofit professional/career development resources and information and advice from nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in the St. Louis Community.
In just over a year, over 200 greater St Louis Area non-profit organizations have utilized 501Connect’s online services. One of these organizations is the The People’s Resource Site, whose founder and president, Ly SyinLobster, states, “501Connect.com has done an excellent job of helping Dress for Success Midwest
Professional Women’s Group get more exposure online for their Community Action Project.” Stephanie Rea Perry, a writer and producer for the St Patrick Center, another organization utilizing 501 Connect, states, “We are so grateful to be included in such a comprehensive and enlightening publication and hope that the word continues to spread about its benefits in the local nonprofit scene.”
How can you help?
While 501Connect.com doesn’t have any volunteer opportunities directly, visitors can find volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals of all ages, interests and skill levels with local organizations. There are ongoing and one-time opportunities available for a variety of organizations so everyone can find something meaningful for them.